Please join us for our first Biophilia: Ithaca forum for a lively discussion with renowned local metal worker Durand Van Doren, whose work is inspired by nature. We will introduce our new chapter and its origins thus far. Over light refreshments, we will discuss our collective goals, expectations, and roles to begin to set the course for our new chapter.
Please join the movement!
Date/time: Thursday, May 18; 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Tompkins County Library, Borg Warner Room
Cost: Free and open to the public. No registration is required.
What is Biophilia? It is the human affinity for interacting with nature. The term “biophilia,” which literally means “love of life,” was coined by social psychologist Erich Fromm and popularized by biologist E.O. Wilson.
Biophilia: Ithaca is modeled after the Biophilia: Pittsburgh which is a “pilot chapter for a global Biophilia Network of creative minds dedicated to strengthening the bond between people and the natural world through education, discussion and action.”
Our Mission: To strengthen human connections to nature and to advocate for policies and practices that benefit the local natural environment.
• To create a supportive and inclusive network that fosters collaboration and learning about biophilia among people with diverse backgrounds and viewpoints
• To welcome and inspire others with the concept of biophilia
• To explore new approaches to strengthening human connections to nature and to discuss their application to our local community
• To use our collective voice to advocate for and to assist in the implementation of policies and practices that benefit the natural environment
Trina Bruno spent her childhood amidst the frenetic rhythms of Manhattan, observing nature through windows. Using varied textures and materials, and putting her own boundaries on the haphazardness of nature, her focus is to connect the visual and emotional contrast of the man-made and natural worlds. She uses various paint techniques on paper; sands and wraps sections of Masonite, and reuses paint-packing materials to piece together designs that interpret the natural world.
On display through June 2017
Guided tour schedule:
• Wildflower Garden Tour, 10:00 a.m; Meet at the Mundy Wildflower Garden off Caldwell Dr.
• Mindful Botany Walk, 12:00 p.m; Meet at the Nevin Welcome Center.
• Garden Highlights Tour, 2:00 p.m; Meet at the Nevin Welcome Center.
Garden Party at the Garden Gift Shop:
From 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., you will receive 25% off your total purchase and all purchases of $25 or more will receive our new Cornell Botanic Gardens tote bag.
From 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., we will offer complimentary lemonade, iced tea and cookies and a "Plant a Succulent" activity: Purchase a mug and a succulent to plant for yourself or as a gift!
Date/time: June 17 - October 1; Saturdays and Sundays, 2:00 p.m.
Cost: $5; Free for Members and Cornell students; no registration required
Instructor: Volunteer docent
Location: Meet at the Nevin Welcome Center
Date/time: Monday, May 22; 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Cost: Free, donations welcome; no registration required
Instructor: Krissy Boys, staff gardener
Location: Meet at the entrance to the Mundy Wildflower Garden, located at the intersection of Caldwell Road and Forest Home Drive. Limited free parking is available.
Dates/time: Saturday, May 20; 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and Sunday June 25; 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Cost: Free; $5 suggested donation
Instructor: Dr. Peter Davies
Location: Meet at the Nevin Welcome Center
A wine and cheese reception will follow the lecture. Sponsored by Cornell Botanic Gardens, Cornell Plant Biology & Horticulture.
Date/time: Thursday, May 4; 4:30 p.m.
Location: Room 404 in the Plant Sciences Building on Cornell Campus
Cost: Free and pre-registration is not required.
In 1600, the British East India Company was founded to compete with the Portuguese and Dutch over the lucrative trade in spices from the Indian subcontinent and the East Indies. After murder by the Dutch of some Company employees, British (and French) interest switched to introduction of spices and other Far Eastern crops, often clandestinely obtained, to their colonies overseas. The East India Company withdrew from trade with the Spice Islands and concentrated instead on exporting cotton textiles and silk from India to Britain. This became a threat to the British woollen industry, so was prohibited in 1700. This prohibition coincided with the rise in tea drinking in Britain, so the East India Company turned to trading cotton goods and opium from India to China in exchange for tea.
In 1766, John Bradby Blake went to Canton as an employee of the East India Company. He conceived the ambitious project of drawing from nature “all useful plants” and collecting living material and seeds of these to be sent back to England, to be grown there or transmitted to suitable colonies in America. However, Bradby Blake’s principal legacy is his portfolio of over 50 paintings, scientifically accurate and beautifully coloured, of the plants brought to him, while he was in China, by his various contacts.
Check back here for updates on the remediation work; updates will also be posted on botanic gardens’ Facebook (@BotanicGardens), Twitter (@CUintheGarden) and Instagram (@CornellBotanicGardens) feeds.
Be prepared for steep ups and downs; the hike is moderately strenuous.
Date/time: Sunday, April 23; 1:00 p.m.
Location: Meet at the Cornell Community Garden Plots, off of Freese Road, about halfway between NYS Route 366 and Hanshaw Road. Watch for a driveway entering the parking area on the east side of the road.
Cost: Free and pre-registration is not required.
For more information, please contact Tom Reimers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are pleased to be named one of the top-15 best gardens in New York State by ProFlowers. Click here for the full list and to vote Cornell Botanic Gardens as the best botanic garden in New York State!
Thanks to the hard work of volunteers and staff, Cascadilla Gorge is now open. Enjoy the gorge while staying safe: Please remain on gorge trails.
Cornell Botanic Gardens and partner organizations have launched a new website designed to help outdoor enthusiasts find and take the perfect walk, hike, bike, ski, or even horseback ride. Out on the Trails at IthacaTrails.org is a GPS-enabled, mobile-optimized site that maps all of the trails in Tompkins County, and invites users to search by the experience they seek. Criteria include distance, difficulty, scenic views, wildlife viewing, or picnicking, and also access directions to trailheads and information on parking.
“Our County boasts 240 miles of public trails, but since they span 15 different organizations, many residents and visitors find trail information in bits and pieces,” says Todd Bittner, Director of Natural Areas at the Cornell Botanic Gardens and one of the key grant managers. “The beauty of the new Out on the Trails website is that it provides comprehensive information on all the trails, regardless of ownership.”
The site links to each partner organization’s website for more information on the organization and its park or trail. With appealing descriptions, photographs, and a clean user-friendly layout, the site is designed to encourage users to explore the County's outdoor recreation offerings more deeply.
The Cornell Botanic Gardens maintains 32 miles of trails through its natural areas. The Cayuga Trail, which spans from Fall Creek Gorge eastward, then circumnavigates its Monkey Run Natural Area, is a 10 mile-trail, maintained in partnership with the Cayuga Trails Club. “The website also leads you to hikes in some of our lesser known natural areas such as Edwards Lake Cliffs, Fischer Old-growth Forest, and Ellis Hollow Wetlands.,” Bittner says.
The Cornell Botanic Gardens and its trail partners are offering hikes during the month of April to celebrate local trails and the launch of the new website. On April 23, the botanic gardens hosts an Earth Day Hike with the Cayuga Trails Club on the Cayuga Trail. And on April 29, Bittner will lead a hike in the Fischer Old-Growth Forest (registration required), the best of the few remaining examples of pre-European settlement forest in the region.
Additional April hikes by partner organizations include Roy H. Park Preserve; Cayuga Waterfront Trail; Black Diamond Trail; Stevenson Preserve; and Jim Schug Trail. Details available at IthacaEvents.com.
IthacaTrails.org is a partnership of the Tompkins County Parks and Trails Network. Partner organizations include the Cornell Botanic Gardens, Town of Ulysses, Tompkins County Tourism Program, Tompkins County Department of Planning and Sustainability , Ithaca Tompkins County Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Finger Lakes Land Trust, NY State Parks, the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, Ithaca College Natural Lands, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, City of Ithaca, Town of Ithaca, Town of Lansing, Town of Dryden, Town of Danby, the Nature Conservancy, and user groups, including Bike Walk Tompkins, the Cayuga Trails Club, and Finger Lakes Trails Conference.
Dates/time: Six consecutive Fridays April 7 through May 12; noon – 1pm; attendance at each walk encouraged, but not required.
Cost: Free; no registration required.
Instructor: Cornell Botanic Garden staff
Location: Meet in front of the Nevin Welcome Center
Landscape For Life 5-part workshop
Every home landscape has the potential to clean air and water, reduce flooding, cool your community, combat climate change and alleviate the pressures being placed on Earth’s ecosystems. Yet conventional gardening practices too often work against nature, damaging the environment’s ability to provide these natural benefits that support the health and well-being of you, your family, and your community. The 5-part Landscape For Life program, developed by the U.S. Botanical Garden and the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center, shows you how to work with nature in your garden, no matter where you live, whether you garden on a city or suburban lot, a 20–acre farm, or the common area of your condominium. It's possible to create a great–looking sustainable landscape that's healthier for you, your family, your pets, and the environment --- and that saves you time and money! Pre-registration is required. Participants who complete all course activities will receive a Certificate of Completion.
For more information about the Landscape for Life Program and the Sustainable Sites Initiative, please visit http://landscapeforlife.org/.
Click here to register.
Cornell Botanic Gardens joined the ranks of Lucifer Falls in Treman State Park and Stonecrop Gardens in the Hudson Valley as one of 26 lesser-known tourist attractions around New York State on The Crazy Tourist website. Click here for the full list.
A “Picturing Writing” project from Ms. Tesoriero’s 3rd grade class, Northeast Elementary School, Ithaca, NY.
Meet the artists at an opening reception on Saturday, March 11 from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.
All third grade students in Ithaca and Trumansburg Elementary schools participate in our Wildflower Explorations Program. This is part of the Kids Discover the Trail collaboration, which provides curriculum-based fieldtrips to the eight Discovery Trail sites. Volunteers of Cornell Botanic Gardens guide students through three wildflower activities in the classroom. Then each student is assigned a “detective mission” to learn about a specific native plant.
At school, students work on their wildflower detective mission learning clues for identifying their plant, reviewing their personal “Peterson First Guide to Wildflowers,” taking notes, and writing questions. After all this preparation, students are excited when visiting the Mundy Wildflower Garden to discover their flower and share their knowledge. To conclude their outing, they write a report and receive a “Mission Completed” stamp.
After their field trip, Ms. Tesoriero’s class took it one step further to enrich their learning across disciplines. Based on Beth Olshansky’s research and her book entitled “The Power of Pictures: Creating Literacy through Art,” students created detailed drawings of their wildflowers. Then each student wrote an acrostic poem using letters in their wildflower’s name.
The students used a watercolor wax resist painting technique with crayon to make their drawings.
Eighteen prints created by the students are on display through the end of April, 2017.
Lisa M. Narloch’s recent work includes a variety of local woods from her own property and around Central New York. Drawn to the imperfect, unusual, weathered and broken, her unique, natural art embraces the idea of giving a new life to a fallen tree and showing us “what lies beneath.”
Meet the artists at an opening reception on Wednesday, March 22 from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.
She has recently created some pieces from wood from a big leaf magnolia and northern catalpa she received from the arborists at Cornell Botanic Gardens, which will be on display.
Lisa is very careful to determine the state of each tree before it is gifted to her. Most of them have storm, rot or ant damage, and are already down. Some trees needed to be removed to expand a road, or were too close to buildings. She also uses 100% food grade hemp or walnut oils and beeswax (a gift from a local beekeeper) for natural finishes for the majority of her work.
This exhibit will be on display until the end of August, 2017.
This project is made possible, in part, with the funding from The Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County. CAP Brings Creativity to Life!
Read more about this collaboration on our Tumblr blog.
Read more about Rhoda’s collection trip with four other curators on our Tumblr blog.
Click here for the full list of species we plan to add to our collections.